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FROM THE ISSUE: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is The Future of Hip-Hop

At first glance, 23-year-old Artist Julius Dubose isn’t exactly what meets the eye. The trendsetting, diamond-trenched rapper from the Bronx also known as A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie who is arguably one of the top contenders for future leaders in the industry. He created ‘Highbridge The Label’ with his partner QP, and received critical acclaim for his projects Artist, The Bigger Artist and Highbridge The Label: The Takeover Vol.1 with the Don Q before taking over the airwaves. If you’ve heard “Drowning,” or his recent single “Look Back At It” you know he’s capable of making good songs. But it’s the raw emotion evoked in songs like “D.T.B/Interlude,” “Still Think About You,” “Friendzone” and now “4 Min Convo” that showcase the vulnerability fans admire. His second studio album, Hoodie SZN debuted at number one on the Billboard 100 and he’s just getting started.

Read More: Wild N’ Out Live! Tour Brings Performances by A-Boogie, 21 Savage, Tommy Davidson

Separating himself from his peers as a master of melodies but fused with lyricism, A Boogie bridges the gap between millennials and fans of the golden era of Hip-Hop. Today after getting a fresh cut for his photoshoot right before a sold-out show, he’s surprised that connection was made. “It’s crazy that you brought up bridging the gap because that’s the name of my management company and that’s basically the whole point of me being in this game,” he reveals. “To bring different worlds together so that when I go to shows, I don’t just see one type of crowd I see all types of cultures getting together.” Hailing from one of the toughest places in the Bronx–— Highbridge, A Boogie says things still have not improved there. “I feel like the Bronx has never really changed.  It changed from back in the day, but from my era, I feel like it’s kind of gotten worse. I feel like as we get older, the kids are younger involved with the streets… I know twelve-year-old little kids that want to drop out of school right now. I feel like the only way that (change) will happen is if people come to reality. No one really comes to reality when it comes to life.” He explains, “For example rules. Everybody has their own opinion when it comes to rules. Every single person.  Let’s say there’s 30 people in the room, and the teacher gives 30 people rules. At least 15—half of those people are not going to listen to those rules and they are going to want to learn a certain type of way. People have to really understand when things are changing. Kids shouldn’t have to learn about social studies more than they learn about real estate. This is the point where you need to learn how to do things like that. But they want kids to go to college just to say they went to college. What’s a diploma? A diploma can’t buy you a house? It can get you a job to work for somebody, if you don’t really learn how to work for yourself.”  

Numb to expectations, he believes it doesn’t have to remain this way. “I think things will change. That leads with people like me. People like Meek Mill, RIP Nipsey Hussle… mainly all the rappers that’s using the opportunity to build more opportunities. The crowds that we reach out to listen to the things that we say or the things that we do. It’s not all about just rap or about making sounds. It’s about making opportunities and building more opportunities. It’s like a blind side with this whole industry, a big blind side with it. It’s the distraction. You don’t really get the time to realize that you can do this and do this with it through doing music.” After spending a few moments with A Boogie, you realize there’s a hidden strategy to everything he does and he’s a self-confessed workaholic with the presence of an old soul. “I hear that a lot. I’ve been hearing that ever since I was 16. I don’t even like doing anything, I just like working. Sometimes I feel like I work too hard, but I’m not just doing this for myself. It ain’t all about having fun. I know everybody says, ‘Yeah but you got to have fun sometimes,’ everybody always seeing me with a little sad face or whatever (laughs) but I’m in this to win.” 

Read More: Migos, Meek Mill, Megan Thee Stallion, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & More to Headline Power 105.1’s 2019 Powerhouse Concert

Sharing parts of his private life on social media with his 2-year-old daughter Melody and his tumultuous relationship with her mother Ella Bands, the rapper exemplifies another stage of growth. He recently apologized to Ella on Instagram for ‘every little mistake’ and thanked her for giving him ‘a beautiful family to love, prosper and cherish.’ Unfazed by the opinions on social media, he doesn’t regret opening up publicly. “I feel like going into the future I would share way more. There’s things that I still go through in my relationship that people would like to know but I don’t talk about things that I’m going through unless it’s something that’s appropriate to talk about.” He does acknowledge the birth of his daughter changed his views drastically. “Having a daughter made me think about a million things differently.  It made me respect women way more. Even though I still have more learning to do it made me respect women way more.”  

Despite being open about some aspects of his life he doesn’t believe everyone should have access to his circle. “I feel like you have to gravitate to certain relationships only, certain relationships can be real bad for you. You could just jump into anything… let’s say one of my favorite rappers is the most violent rappers out here and I meet him and I do songs with him, and now I’m starting to feel the influence from him,” He explains. “I don’t feel like that’s the way, you have to gravitate on a positive energy side of it and realize who’s genuinely in it. I don’t like the fake friends/industry thing, I just stay to myself.” He does admit that he gets a lot of love in spite of being recluse. “That’s what keeps me going, because there’s certain rappers that don’t get no love and they just doubt themselves after that. You know how people lose energy?” He asks. “If you don’t peak your energy it’s going to peak without you.”

Read More: Exclusive: A Boogie wit da Hoodie Represents New York City on the Cover of The Source’s Inaugural & ‘The Future’ Issue

Not shying away from the hard questions, he doesn’t blink when asked about the pill epidemic. “It’s never gonna change, it’s only going to get worse. Rappers are never going to stop talking about drugs unfortunately. I do it myself. So, I can’t contradict on that. It’s like a foundation we built. We didn’t do it for them to do drugs, but we do it because…I ain’t going to lie, it’s a selfish thing. It’s the selfish part of us. I talk about drugs in my music because I want certain people to gravitate, certain fans that I don’t have. ‘People out here doing drugs, all right let’s get them. You know that’s just how I think. It’s a business at the end of the day.”

Boasting confidence and business sense, A Boogie already considers himself a Bronx legend. “I feel like I’m a part of it now, I don’t just feel, I am a part of it. Being a part of it just makes me feel like I’m doing it at a pace where I got so much more time to put in, I can’t wait until I really reach my peak.”  He also has an exclusive deal with the iconic brand PUMA synonymous with New York Hip-Hop. “I gotta give it up to Biggs, Chief, Emory and my manager Emm for that one. That one came about through relationships and that’s what life is all about these days. Music is just the beginning, You see how some people say the most successful people in the world have five businesses? I want to have at least 15-to-20 businesses one day so I can be three times more successful than the most successful people.” 

Read More: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie signs Publishing Deal with Reservoir

As for the future, A Boogie is gearing to release more music. “Right now, I’m working on Artist 2.0. I’m overloaded with songs. I got a few projects that I can make right now, but I got to make it make sense. That’s all I do, just puzzle things together and make sure I make a good project every time. And I’m working on my singles. I’m trying to get my couple number one records and it never stops.”

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NBC Renews Hit Competition Show ‘Songland’ For A Second Season

There are so many competition shows on television today, many wondered how could NBC create a series that would top the successful shows that are already have in their line-up?

The answer was simple: get some of the top hitmakers in the game, link them as mentors to up-and-coming producers and songwriters and then let a mega-star pick and record the song. Scout the hidden jewel. Gift the artists with the jewels. Create a career for that jewel, thus changing their life.

Let’s face it, it is pretty extraordinary that the hit show can boast that they have produced multiple chart-topping hits including six songs that have achieved a #1 ranking on an iTunes music chart. “Greenlight” by Jonas Brothers, “Better Luck Next Time” by Kelsea Ballerini, “Be Nice” by Black Eyed Peas, Shadow” by Macklemore ft. IRO, “Solo Quiero (Somebody to Love)” by Leona Lewis, Cali y El Dandee and Juan Magán and “We Need Love” by John Legend.

READ MORE: 7Xs Grammy Award-Winning Will.I.AM Gives New Songwriter A Chance On Hit Show ‘Songland’

In addition to the chart topping song “Be Nice,” will.i.am chose to put all three songs on the upcoming Black Eyed Peas album. He so loved one song, that he went and got Snoop Dogg to hop on the track and later included him in the music video for the show. These are not the only successes from the show. Aloe Blacc got one of his songs placed on Universal Pictures’ blockbuster film “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,and  Old Dominion found a song for a Jeep® brand commercial, in which Jeep® chose to feature the winning songwriter.

The show has exceeded all kinds of expectations,  and now NBC has renewed the hit songwriting competition series Songland for a second season.

Songland averaged a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.2 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” Nielsens. After only a little over a month of digital and linear delayed viewing, including encores, Songland has grown to a 1.9 rating in 18-49 and 7.6 million viewers overall. These numbers helped make the show the summer’s #1 new alternative series. 

READ MORE: “Songland” Brings NBC Highest-Rated Summer Series Debut in Two Years

Part of the show’s success can be linked to key music partnerships intended to expand the show’s reach. Collaborating with iHeartRadio, the show has produced an exclusive podcast series that has garnered over 1.7 million listeners. They have also partnered with BMG for a recording and publishing contract to those songwriters that either won or were a runner ups on the program. This partnership assisted the snowmakers with music distribution to such outlets as as Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and Pandora.

The series’ format looks at the creative process behind songwriting.

READ MORE: Ester Dean Will Mentor Upcoming Songwriters on NBC’s ‘Songland’

The show features powerhouse producer-mentors Ryan Tedder (lead singer of OneRepublic and Grammy Award-winning producer of Adele, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Jonas Brothers), Ester Dean (Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer of Rihanna, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj) and Shane McAnally (Grammy-winning songwriter and producer of Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson and Sam Hunt with 40 #1 country records). 

Think you got what it takes to make it in this business? Well, check out www.songlandcasting.com and apply for a chance to get on this up and coming season.

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David Makes Man is Owns Most Dangerously Hip-Hop Show

David Makes Man is dangerous.

True it is a charming show, with a brilliantly talented cast and production team (executively produced by Michael B. Jordan and Tarell Alvin McCraney).  It has the stamp of Queen Mother Oprah Winfrey and has enjoyed critical acclaim… but on a visceral level it is a dangerous series because it is just such a heart-wrenchingly honest show. Episode after episode, it is saturated with truth… someone’s truth.

And that’s why it is possibly one of the most important shows on television this season. This work of art dismantles the narrative of Post-Racial America and puts the dirty laundry of so many of urban America’s story out there for all to see. To put it in a quick soundbite, this series is Hip-Hop.

Now there goes critic one: “There is not music, where are the rappers? How can it be Hip-Hop without rappers?”

The music is in the dialogue. When Chuck D said that “rap music is the CNN of the street,” does David’s character (complete with his Id and Ego) not tell you one of the real stories of growing up poor, Black and male in America? Is the music not in how he navigates being a kid with being damaged by an environment that he has not control over? Shame on anyone that does not see Nas, T.I., XXXTenacion or T-Top in this character.

Then goes critic number two: “How can it be Hip-Hop and there is no floss or fly women, where is the lit lit?”

What is lit is the level of cultural code switching that is evident through the season. It also speaks to the exceptionality of young Black children. They are “despite” brilliant. Despite hardship, abuse (physical, religious, social, economic and sexual) they find ways to make sunshine out of utter darkness, lemonade out of lemons and family tree assignments out of Mary J. Blige’s odes to children born with no fathers.

And alas critic number three: “How is it Hip-Hop when there is no get money scheme?”

And that is part of the issue. Dave Makes Man reminds us to elevate our definition of Hip-Hop from only being a commodity to acknowledging that it is an expression of Humanity. An expression one might add that is vulnerable.

Just check out the next episode on due to drop on Wednesday, Sept. 11th.

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Summer Impact Reloaded Birthed Stars, Monstar Bars and Opened Old Clique Scars

The team at the Ultimate Rap League made good on their promise by providing fans with an event to make up for Murdaland and Parklyfe not battling in Charlotte, shy of a month ago on the original Summer Impact mega-card. And they even brought DJ Don Demarco back!

Billed as the battle of the decade, few can argue that Summer Impact did not give battle rap enthusiasts an epic experience – touting match ups like NWX vs. EFB, Goodz and Clips vs. Multiple Remixes, Monstars vs Quest MCody and Marv One, Gunz N Cake vs. Loaded Hollows and The Bardashians vs. 40 B.A.R.R.S. and E-Hart. Due to a late start and the venue closing at a certain time, the co-title bout between Murda Mook and Calicoe vs. T-Top and Brizz Rawsteen simply never happened. Thus Reloaded was set up to pacify fans, who felt duped.

Does this make-up card calm their rumblings?

It seemed to… as URL did everything that they could to make the experience one for the books for those who purchased tickets or the PPV for the battle. They attempted to do this by adding extra value to the new double impact themed summer card that still has people talking. They added additional battles and a performance from Loaded Lux.

The event even saw two stars emerge from the PG ranks (Franchise and Ace Amin), allowed friends to see Shotgun Suge and Nu Jerzey Twork rap like never before and saw street-style toxic masculinity pour outside of the fictionalized lyrics and onto the stage.

The first battle was against Richmond’s Jakkboy Mane and Toronto’s Franchise. Franchise did not come to play. From the time he opened his mouth in the first round, he lit the stage up with haymaker after haymaker. There is not much to say, as Jakkboy Mane – WHO CAN RAP – stumbled through the battle like a blind man in the pitch dark of winter. It was painful to watch as this Goonie forgot his rhymes. Franchise, clearly a great sport (well both of them were), encouraged his opponent to stand firm. But it did not help. Franchise did not let anyone down even though Jakk did not show up. He emerge as the first star of the night.

 

Franchise Landed a RIDICULOUS Haymaker… CROWD chants 2-0. At the top of the 2nd…aka Jakk hasn’t gone yet… BRUTAL #SummerImpactReUp @urltv pic.twitter.com/MdvT73sZFz

— BlackCompassMedia (@DaBlackCompass) September 7, 2019

The next battle was Ace Amin and Snake Eyez.

This was a bar heavy scrap that has been meaning to happen forever. Ace Amin (another Goonie) and Snake Eyez (from Dot Mobb fame) delivered an interesting battle that appeared to be a style clash and aggression barometer. Hip-Hop is a space where traditionally Black male machismo is celebrated; encouraged even. The back and forth kept the crowd engaged, but it was clear from round one that a huge chunk from the audience rocked with Ace. His crowd control was equal to that of a seasoned vet. They not only knew his slogans, “Holy Sh*t” and “He Knows,” but they really were rocking with the intricacies of his word play and aggression. Snake Eyez on the other hand, matched his aggression and raised his lyrical stock by adding color to his performance… in a way that few have seen over his career. Particularly in the third round where T-Rex assisted with an alley oop. Let’s face it… people love seeing T-Rex. Fresh off of a horrible car accident, the Dot Mobb Capo set the third round off, setting up this battle as a debatable preference battle. Many believe that the debatable or preference category is a co-out. Well it is not, if that is the God honest truth. 2-1 either way…. Both had moments. Both had energy. Both almost punched the other in the face, the tension was so high between crews. And even though you can argue that… Ace Amin emerged as a shining star in this battle. Great for his debut on the big stage.

Woah! Ace Amin going at Tay Roc and says he bought a Cave Gang chain like John John Da Don did Jakkboy! pic.twitter.com/pExIH2euFB

— BattleRapNews (@Battle_Rap_News) September 7, 2019

The Monstars vs. NWX was one of the battles that came out of nowhere. No one can deny that NWX are gods at this two-on-two thing. Hardly ever losing to any other group (well they did lose that one time to Gun Titles), this new team had their work cut out for them. Did the Monstars deliver? YES. THEY. DID.

Antics aside, these big guys came with a melding of their styles that made them formidable opponents. Punching swiftly… Punching consistently… Landing them jawns… Monstars showed why New Jersey is not to be messed with ever.

But NWX is like fine wine to the Monstars’ Jack Daniels. K-Shine and DNA seem to have nooks and crannies in the brains that they share. What advantages did they have over the Jersey boys? That damn DNA and his freestyling, their symmetric timing and choreography and the energy that K-Shine seems to have bottled up in his little body. On the flip side, Monstars benefits are first apparent in their appearance. The fact that they dominated with their intensity, dunking on them this way and that way, pushed them closer to the win than anyone expected. And while their antics did not go as planned, there is something to be said about their creativity. BAR NONE. This is another preference battle. 2-1

 

The last battle of the night was between Murdaland and Parklyfe. Aggressively generational. It looked like to uncles arguing with their younger nephews. And while both sides started out giving the crowds what they wanted, too many personals stoked the fires burning in their bellies. Alas, a scuffled popped off and ended the otherwise wonderful event abruptly.









 

What a shame, because URL did everything that they were supposed to do. Unfortunately, battlers don’t move with a certain code of honor and respect, not only disrespecting themselves (looking like brutish hoodlums and not the beautiful and brilliant Black men that they are), they disrespected the platform that has afforded them a comfortable lifestyle.

One to the next one… perhaps the fans will get a card as dope as all the other cards URL has produced this anniversary year.

 

 

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Exclusive: Trippie Redd Talks His Album, ‘!,’ Vision Behind His Recent Visuals and More

Trippie Redd has been buzzing with his latest album, !, that shows his versatile flow and music. As a 20-year-old rising star in Hip-Hop, his vision is beyond the sound. Trippie is here to let the game know that on top of his creative sounds, there is a new lifestyle that will be infused the rap game evident by charismatic flow, gold teeth, tattoos, and unique style.

We caught up with “Immortal” rapper and discussed the meaning of the name of his most recent album, his vision behind the “Mac 10” and “Under Enemy Arms” videos and more.


The Source:  “Under Enemy Arms,” how were the vibes in the studio with such a turn-up song?
I was in the studio with [Young] Thug. When the song was made, I thought that he should be on it. He was aiming to be on the song. It was some high sh**.

What is the meaning of ‘!’ the album title?
It pays tribute to X [XXXTentacion]. ! is inspired by his work. The body of work is versatile and doesn’t focus on a specific genre.

When doing the track “Mac 10,” how did you find out that Lil’ Baby and Lil’ Duke would be perfect for the song?
I was in the studio with them while creating the song. I knew it would be fire with both of them putting their verses on the track.

With having over 5 billion streams and millions of views on your videos at such a young age what are some key advice to fans and or rappers about chasing your dreams who are looking up to you?
Working hard to do what you love to do and knowing if you want to do it for the rest of your life. Before my brother had died, I was trying to figure it out with him, at a young age, if rapping is something that I had wanted to do, and he pushed me to do it.

Can you say from your previous album to now that there is growth and more of what you want to come out? Meaning the content of the music.
Yes, all my work is growth. This album is versatile by me doing what I want to do. I put my all into it.

What can you say is your favorite track off the album that you loved to make? Why?
“Snake Skin” and “Immortal” are the most fun making songs because the vibes are crazy.

Out of all the songs in your catalog, what song do you pick to a fan, who has never heard of your music and why?
All of them are different. You have to dive into them and pick the vibe that you like.

What were the concepts of the two visuals: “Mac 10” and “Under Enemy Arms?”
Mac 10” is a Scarface tribute. I grew up watching it, and I wanted to put that vision in my video. “Under Enemy Arms” interprets a war. It’s meant to be what you feel, like what type of war is going on with what you are going through.

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Exclusive: Boi-1da Breaks Down Rémy Producers and Crowns Ovalord as East Regional Season 6 Winner

“It feels great to win tonight!”

That was the first thing that Ovalord, winner of the Rémy Producers Season 6 East Regional showdown in NYC last night, had to say exclusively to The Source about coming out on top in the competition. He expressed his gratitude even further to us by stating, “It’s an inspiration seeing all these major producers like TRAKGIRL, Boi-1da, Illmind and even MILO giving me respect — it’s just dope. Rémy Producers has something great going on; it’s one of those platforms that gives producers the biggest spotlight and the ultimate support. I appreciate everything!”



The night capped off at PHD Lounge in NYC’s Meatpacking District last night (September 4), where droves of influencers and Downtown dwellers got an early start to their NYFW festivities by coming through to hear some fire beats. As Ovalord mentioned above, the night was spearheaded by super producer Boi-1da, who served as a judge alongside fellow renowned beat maker TRAKGIRL and Season Five winner MILO. Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club host DJ Envy served as host of the night, particularly when it came time to judge the finalists.

The prize included an opportunity to compete in the national finale in ATL, where all the regional winners will go head-to-head for the grand prize: a producers deal with So-So Def Records’ own Jermaine Dupri. Ovalord performed in front of a pretty tough crowd, which included Angela Simmons, comedian Gary Owen and singer Elle Varner.

We also got a chance to chop it up with Boi-1da after it was all said and done, and he broke down the competition as a whole and what exactly went into choosing the big winner of the night. Take a look below at what he had to say:


“I am excited to be a part of the 6th season of Rémy Producers. Serving as a Super Producer allows me to meet new talent and encourage them to strengthen their craft. It was the perfect opportunity to serve as a mentor, and I salute Rémy Martin’s commitment to the next generation. We were looking for beats that were unique, innovative, and hard-hitting, which is what tonight’s winner Ovalord brought to the competition. We want to hear originality and creativity; beats that we can feel confident about.”

Boi-1da, producer


Stay tuned for more information on Rémy Producers and the big finale event later this month by heading over to producers.remymartin.com. Check out the quick photo recap below, and as always drink responsibly if you’re legally able to do so:



Image: Rémy Martin

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BREAKING!!!! The Long Awaited SMACK Battle Rap Experience in Philly, Cassidy Vs. Arsonal Headline ‘Lock Down’

Hold your cheesesteaks! Hold your motherflubbing cheesesteaks! For the first time in the history of the league, SMACK URL will host their first battle rap experience in Philadelphia, PA on the Lock Down card on October 6th. The announcement was made exclusively on the SMACK URL app.

Emceeing and Philly actually goes hand-in-hand.

Approximately 94 miles up i95, access to the bubbling rap scene in the 70s was easy and open. In fact OG’s from the Hilltop section of West Philly, Lawrence “L.G.” Goodman and Dana Goodman, made that b-line up to the Big Apple with their early rap label Pop Art Records. Contracts in hand, they created reality out of the dreams of many of Hip-Hop’s early stars (just ask Salt-N-Pepa and the entire Juice Crew)! Out of this lot came the Godmother of Battle Rap, Roxanne Shante… and so having an eye for battle rap is something in the Schuylkill punch.

But you don’t have to go back into the glory years of Hip-Hop to find that NYC/ Philly connection. Over the last 15, artists like Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Shawn Smith, E Ness, Black Thought, Meek Mill and yes, Cassidy have kept bars alive by see-sawing between the commercial success of the industry and having one foot squarely in the sand of underground Hip-Hop. They all have done this by performing in cyphers, spitting fire freestyles and battling.

READ MORE: Jaz and O’fficial Debut As “The Bardashians” The Two Set The Tone for Summer Impact With Body of The Night

And so today, what in the name of Ishkabibles does that really mean?

It kinda means that SMACK URL took too damn long to set up a franchise event in the City of Brotherly Love.  It also means that now that they they are scheduled to execute this card, the ink is dried on the contracts and fans have been alerted… fans will experience one of the most incredible explosion of battle rap culture and authentication ever seen in the culture. Headlining will be Philly hometown hero Cassidy (who contends he is 5002-0).

No one can deny that Cassidy is instrumental in building the legacy of battle rap. Arguably one of the best to ever touch the mic, he is about to face one of his toughest opponents ever in Arsonal da Rebel.

READ MORE: Cassidy Throws Shots At Tsu Surf,  But Does He Really Want That Smoke

Both incredibly cocky. Both incredibly skilled with the lyrics. Both on a mission to cement their legacy. This is gonna be a battle for the ages.

It took years to come… but now that it is here…and  the city where the underdog Rocky is the municipal god, the soft pretzel is the city staple food, they laugh at Auntie Annie’s pretzels (what are those) and hoagies are not subs is about to get SMACK!

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Amidst Social Media Trolling, Jay Critch Drops A Tease For An Exclusive Kevin Durant Freestyle

While people are wilding out over The Warriors trolling mega-talented athlete Kevin Durant, seems like there are places on social media that are celebrating his giftedness.

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Brooklyn’s heir to the rap legacy forged by Fabolous, JAY-Z, and The Notorious B.I.G., Jay Critch, threw up on his Instagram a quick tease that he actually has a song with the rapper.  What a dope welcome to the “Borough of Kings?”

Recently, his former team teased him a little bit with a post of him touring the new Chase Center Monday. The WarriorsTalk Instagram account posted a photo of Durant at the arena from a previous visit and included a funny caption that referenced Durant’s current home with the Brooklyn Nets.

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Jay Critch probably is representing many of those in the planet of Brooklyn, welcoming him with open arms. After all, that is how Brooklyn does. #SpreadLoveItsTheBrooklynWay

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Is The Hip-Hop Community Due For A Classic Rap Ballad???

Despite what people might say, rap music has more than one frequency.
It is not just boom bap, nor is it rat-a-tat-tat of gun spray. That’s there, no question.
It is a landscape to celebrate your hood, your gang, your style and your name. But there are various levels of engagement that have evolved in the genre. There are the socially conscious emcees that have shaped the rap genius of Kendrick Lamar. There are the politically focused rappers that stand in the lineage of Chuck D and Dead Prez. But then you also have those emotional artists that pour out their hearts in ballads echoing the historic lineage of LL Cool J’s “I Need Love.” Do we need more of them? Is the Hip-Hop community due for a classic rap ballad, amidst all the high-energy joints pumping through your radio? Absolutely. Just check the history.
One example of the many times that speak to a sensitive side of rap comes from the Academy- Award winning Common.
Almost two decades ago, Common laced the ladies with a dedication in the sweet serenade, “The Light.” On his 2000 album, Like Water for Chocolate, he showed the millennium that what manhood looked like over a dope sample and track. Producer Jay Dee as essential to the groove as Common is as a lyricist, think about all the babies rocking to Hip-Hop now that were conceived off this one.

There have been others between then and now. But one that makes us take note is Kendrick Lamar. Recently, songs like “Love” featuring Zacari has softened the tone of trap and mumble rap music.  This joint, complete with banging drums and a snare cracking in the back, reminds you that even the most explosive of emcees can connect with his most romantic side. But that was 2017.

Earlier this year, while a pure Hip-Hop song, it has all the vibe of one rap ballad. Teyana Taylor stepped into 2019 with her much needed offering.  Her smokey vocals beckon the ache of LaTonya and Nicki who were in desperate search of lyrics to put in context how she feels about her man. But not just a desperate plea for attention, this song has girth. She recruited Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon to give brothers a voice, making this song one of the top rap ballads ever… without shorty even trying.

But every rap ballad doesn’t have to be a tale of undying love and insatiable sex… does it?
Where are the soul songs about love lost or regret? Hood joints that have a bop, with a dash of real urban love- with a narrative that Tondalaya and Rasheed can clearly relate to? Where is the 2019 “Song Cry?”

Perhaps, Newark native Tsu Surf is answering the call.
In his new song (one that is bubbling all over), “What Changed” featuring Cascio, you hear a love sick Surf riding the beat like a seasoned emcee and pouring out all the insecurities associated with fame, females and the fatality of a relationship that once was believed to be teflon. Contrary to Lamar’s “Love,” this song projects vulnerability. The question posed from someone that can’t change their position, but still wants one level of commitment from the object of his desire. Reflection and imagination is all that the protagonist in the song has to define his relationship, and he is still left with questions.
Beautifully written… even between his efforts to say he ain’t trying to check for this “bird” that he can’t give a “ring”to (shout out to The Eagles), he still can’t deny how he feels.
Hood poetry at its best.

So the answer…

Does Hip-Hop due for a classic rap ballad? Absolutely. It is as in need of a classic rap ballad, as it is in need of lyrical integrity, heart and substance. And that is for one reason… ONE BIG ASS REASON…
Those who love the culture are whole people with a myriad of feelings and emotions. Let the music reflect how diverse we are as a community, and let the show that hard rocks actually have hearts.

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SOURCE360 Brings Industry and Culture Together at ‘The Business of Cannabis’ Panel

Every year “The Business of Cannabis” is one of the most highly anticipated panels of the SOURCE360 Conference and Festival.  This year was no exception. We believe the anticipation was heightened by the outstanding cast of industry insiders that we booked for the panel.

The moderator for the panel was Leo Bridgewater, co-founder of Lead Launch Education. He was the perfect person to lead the discussion on the trickology that comes with the legalization of adult use cannabis in the New York Metro area. On the panel is the infamous cultural connoisseur, Branson, Dasheeda Dawson from The Weedhead, Vlad Baptiste from Happy Munkey and Landon Dais from Plush Green (formerly of MedMen).

The Business of Cannabis 💨💨 https://t.co/OIgWQXEDdn

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The panel was interesting as it hosted people from every part of the industry.  Branson and Vlad had the most interesting overlap, as both of them have had an invested interest in connect Hip-Hop and cannabis in various social spaces. Dasheeda is a scientist that advocates for legalization by asserting that the plant is not a drug, but medicine. Landon is an attorney, who has worked in the corporate space and has been an advocate for cannabis on capital hill.

The conversation was spirited but also invited people to participate in what is now called the “Green Rush.”

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